In a new supplement recorded in 2013 for the Criterion Collection, we catch up with Magda Vášáryová, who was a teenager when she played the title character in František Vlácil’s Czechoslovak New Wave landmark Marketa Lazarová. In this clip from that interview, the former actor (and current Slovakian political figure) talks about how she physically and emotionally prepared for her role as a young woman in the thirteenth century, and what it was like to work with Vlácil, who demanded a naturalistic performance—and a natural look.
How Jane Fonda’s Feminist Awakening Collided with Klute
The Oscar-winning actor remembers how her heightened political consciousness in the early 1970s led to her initial hesitation to take on the leading role in Alan J. Pakula’s psychological thriller.
Agnieszka Holland’s Ironic Slant on the Unspeakable
The acclaimed Polish director explains how her international breakthrough film, Europa Europa, was inspired by a desire to tell a different, less predictable kind of Holocaust story.